Defiant Joy

Taking Hold of Hope, Beauty, and Life in a Hurting World

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Author: Stasi Eldredge

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 140020870X

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 1038

Bestselling author Stasi Eldredge shows readers how to choose a joy that stands against the tides of life's real and often overwhelming pain. Walking in joy often feels crazy and like a denial of actual life. Yet Christians are called to "be joyful always" (1 Thess. 5:16). What does this mean, and how is it even possible? In her new book, Stasi Eldredge meets readers in their painful realities and offers an invitation to a joy that is defiant in the face of this broken world. This joy does not Pollyannaish-ly ignore life's heartache; rather, it insists that sorrow and loss do not have the final say. This kind of joy is present to both goodness and grief and interprets them in the light of heaven. With deep vulnerability about her own chronic pain, surprising diagnoses, and relational struggles and loss, Stasi demonstrates how to maintain a posture of holy defiance that neither denies nor diminishes the pain, but instead leans fully into the experience of knowing God's presence and promise in the middle of whatever life may bring.

Defiant Joy

The Remarkable Life and Impact of G.K. Chesterton

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Author: Kevin Belmonte

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1595553835

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 744

You may be aware that G. K. Chesterton authored influential Christian biographies and apologetics. But you may not know the larger-than-life Gilbert Keith Chesterton himself—not yet. Equally versed in poetry, novels, literary criticism, and journalism, he addressed politics, culture, and religion with a towering intellect and a soaring wit. Chesterton engaged his world through the written word. He carried on lively, public discussions with the social commentators of his day, continually challenging them with civility, humility, erudition, and his ever-sharp sense of humor. Today’s reader can find the same treasures, for as Chesterton said, “What a man can believe depends upon his philosophy, not upon the clock or the century.” In Kevin Belmonte’s fresh new biography, you’ll get to know the real G. K. Chesterton and his literary and cultured accomplishments. A giant of his time, Chesterton continues to live large in the imaginations of twenty-first-century readers. Endorsements: “Chesterton’s explanation of Christianity makes absolute sense of the world. He reminds us that, free of our comforting delusions, reality is a tragic adventure in which we get to participate.” —DONALD MILLER, author of the New York Times bestsellers A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and Blue Like Jazz “Bravo to Kevin Belmonte for turning his caring attention to the incomparably hilarious and brilliant genius that is G.K. Chesterton!” —ERIC METAXAS, New York Times best-selling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery “There’s a great new biography about one of the Christian giants of the 20th Century. And I mean that literally. To read Kevin Belmonte's recent book Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G. K. Chesterton, is to feel a powerful sense of longing . . . because there is such a longing, a great need for advocates like Chesterton in our day. . . . But let's be grateful we still have the works of that great man to study and learn from. . . And we also have for you have Belmonte's vibrant new biography -- a wonderful reminder of the magnificent example Chesterton has set for us.”—CHUCK COLSON(http://patriotpost.us/opinion/chuck-colson/2012/01/26/defiant-joy-why-we-still-need-chesterton/)

Defiant Joy Study Guide

What Happens When You’re Full of It

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Author: Candace Payne

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310090547

Category: Religion

Page: 112

View: 4665

Joy is closer than you think because God is better than you may believe! Using humor, wit, and wisdom, author Candace Payne (aka “Chewbacca Mom”) reveals biblical insights to unshakable joy and freedom in every circumstance. Dispel the myths that joy is frivolous, immature, or reserved for a few select “happy” people, and open your heart to receive the freedom and joy God created you to live in. “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11). In this six-session video Bible study, learn what it is to live a life expressed by joy! This study guide challenges groups to get honest and real in their discussion time and to explore the truth in what Scripture says about joy. It also includes a personal “Joy Lab” that makes homework a new daily practice in the art of encountering the abundance God intends for each of us when we know joy. Sessions include: Laugh It Up, Live It Out Know Hope, Know Joy Joy Is a Fighter Joy Is Not Arrogant, But She Is Confident Joy Embraces Sorrow You’re Full of It Designed for use with the Defiant Joy Video Study (9780310090557) sold separately.

Defiant Joy!

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Author: Carol McLeod

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 9781599510194

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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Encourages readers to approach life with a biblical perspective that emphasizes 'the joy of the Lord'

Courageous Joy Study Guide

Living in Defiant Joy

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Author: Stasi Eldredge

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 9780310096931

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 5939

Take hold of hope, beauty, and life in a hurting world. Maybe you've been whiplashed by an unexpected crisis. Or fear has gripped you, causing you to bury your dreams. Perhaps a sad ending has filled you with loss or hopelessness, and made your faith waver. Don't despair! God means for us to have JOY-a joy from Him that is defiant in the face of this broken world. In this six-session video Bible study, Stasi Eldredge invites us with courage, candor, and tender vulnerability to a place beyond sadness or happiness. Using stories from Scripture, she expands on lessons from her book, Defiant Joy, to help us maintain a posture of holy defiance that neither denies nor diminishes our pain but dares us to live with expectant, unwavering hope. Sessions include: A Reason to Celebrate Godly Interference Greener Grass Expectant Hope Cultivating Joy The Ultimate Victory This pack contains one study guide and one DVD.

Unwavering Study Guide

Living with Defiant Joy

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Author: Stasi Eldredge

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 031009691X

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 3741

In this six-week video study, Unwavering, Stasi Eldredge draws powerful lessons from her book, Defiant Joy, to help us defy, resist, and oppose the powers that threaten to destroy our souls and steal our joy. For instance, we may be whiplashed by an unexpected crisis. The man controlled by a legion of demons cried out to Jesus, “Why are you interfering with me?” Sometimes, that’s just what Jesus does, especially when our great crisis happens in the very place we don’t want Jesus messing with. Jesus interferes with us because he wants to restore to us the joy of knowing who we really are. Or, fear may have gripped us, causing us to bury our dreams. But we are not meant to live in a tomb. Jesus called to Lazarus, “Come out!” and he shed his graveclothes and left his tomb behind. Our callings are needed in the world; they are not to be buried under the burdens of others’ demands or judgments. Sad endings can also make us waver, from loss or hopelessness. When we study the lessons of nature, we can see how the cycle of endings lead to beginnings, and it helps us cultivate a heart of gratitude. Like Joshua at Gilgal, we can set up stones of remembrance to recall God’s faithfulness, and use times of ending to express thankfulness and unlock joy. Throughout this study, Stasi teaches us how to remain unwavering in the face of numbing loneliness, unexpected crisis, gripping fear, desolate waiting, sad endings, and hurtful offense. God means for us to have joy—a joy from him that is defiant in the face of this broken world. In this study guide, participants take notes on the video teaching, study passages from Scripture, examine Biblical examples and apply them to their lives through meaningful discussion. Between sessions, there are personal exercises to complete, including reading and journaling about excerpts from Defiant Joy, reflective times of listening to worship songs, and practicing contemplative prayer. Sessions include: A Reason to Celebrate Godly Interference Greener Grass Expectant Hope Cultivating Joy The Ultimate Victory Designed for use with Unwavering Video Study (9780310096924), sold separately.

Joy For All Seasons

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Author: Carol Burton McLeod

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458769747

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 1943

Imagine reading a book that is so much more than written words on a page but, instead, it is an invitation to experience exuberant joy! Simply imagine the sweet hope that comes from reading about the patience, the gladness and the excitement that is nestled within one woman's heart. Imagine! You have just imagined the devotional book entitled, ''Joy for All Seasons'' written by best-selling author, blogger, speaker, radio host, TV host and Bible teacher, Carol McLeod. Carol's perspective on life serves as an invitation to live life with gusto and at full-throttle! Her capacity for joy and her resolve to trumpet the bidding to embrace joy in every week of the year is not for the faint of heart. This weekly summons into His presence is filled with rich experiences, with heart-felt celebration and with an intimate knowledge of what it takes to walk with God. ''Joy for All Seasons'' is a weekly devotional that includes Bible verses to consider and questions to ponder. It is perfect for a personal devotional handbook or for group discussion. This is a ''once-in-a-lifetime'' book that will be read and re-read year after year after year.

And Still She Laughs

Defiant Joy in the Depths of Suffering

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Author: Kate Merrick

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 0718093097

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 2012

Kate Merrick examines the Bible’s gritty stories of resilient women as well as her own experience losing a child—a journey followed by more than a million on prayfordaisy.com—to reveal the reality of surprising joy and deep hope even in the midst of heartache. Is it possible live fully—even joyfully—in the middle of overwhelming pain? In the excruciating aftermath of her young daughter’s death from cancer, Kate Merrick struggled to find a way to live. Not just to survive or go through the motions, but to live fully. Faithfully. With real joy amid inevitable tears. To discover how, Kate delved into the stories in the Bible of real women who suffered deeply and emerged somehow joyful. How did Sarah, after twenty-five years of achingly empty arms, learn to laugh without bitterness? How did Bathsheba, defiled by the king who then had her husband killed, come to walk in strength and dignity, to smile without fear of the future? In her encounters with these heroines of the faith, Kate discovered how to have contentment—and even joy—whatever the circumstances. By turns heartbreaking and humorous, And Still She Laughs reveals the secret to finding hope in the midst of devastation. In the end, no matter what hardships we face, we can smile, cry, and come away full—laughing without fear and eagerly looking for what is to come. “And Still She Laughs is the terrifying, tearful, heartbreaking, heart healing and humorous, definitive true story of survival and triumph.” —Kathy Ireland, chair of Kathy Ireland Worldwide “Kate Merrick is one of those women that I always wish I had more time with—her honesty, sincerity, and messy straightforwardness are different, in the very best way. Her book, And Still She Laughs, is the same way. It’s one of those books I will keep coming back to it for truth and inspiration.” —Lindsey Nobles, COO of the IF:Gathering

Unwavering Study Guide

Living in Defiant Joy

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Author: Stasi Eldredge

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 9780310096900

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 6900

In this six-session video-based study, Stasi Eldredge shows how believers in Christ can have peace and contentment in spite of their circumstances when they engage in holy defiance and against the enemy and refuse to accept the lie that sorrow, loss, and evil have the final word.

Laugh It Up! (with Bonus Content)

Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy

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Author: Candace Payne

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310351677

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 3458

This ebook includes the full text of the book PLUS exclusive photos, insider stories, and practical inspiration from Candace—only found in the ebook! The world knows Candace Payne as “Chewbacca Mom,” the wife and mother of two from Dallas who captured the hearts of nearly 200 million people around the world with nothing but a toy Chewbacca mask, a smart phone, and infectious laughter. Candace’s viral moment of simple joy became Facebook Live’s top video. But what the video doesn’t show is Candace’s storied journey of daunting obstacles on the way to the joy-filled life—extreme poverty, past trauma, and struggles with self-worth. Laugh It Up! tells the rest of the story behind the woman in the mask. Like most of us, Candace has often felt overlooked, undervalued, and insignificant. But she has also discovered the secrets to unshakable joy that no circumstance can take away, and Laugh It Up! will help you discover and experience the same. Join Candace to discover the gift God has given us all to experience life to the fullest. All you need to do is answer “yes” when joy, whom Candace personifies as a friend, calls you to come and play. Do you feel tempted to give up on your dreams? Joy stays the course. Do your knees knock when thinking about the future? Joy hopes for what can be. Do you feel unseen and unnoticed? Joy is content whether backstage or center stage. Do you feel crushed under the weight of regret? Joy loves you enough to weep with you, but also enough to help you move on. When life punches you in the gut, it can be difficult to muster a smile—much less a laugh. But with humor and power, wit and wisdom, Candace lights the way forward to a life that is free indeed.